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Environmental Educator

Job Title: Environmental Educator

Reports to: Assistant Director of Education and Community Programs

Job Purpose

The primary purpose of this position is to deliver a nature-focused, STEM-driven curriculum designed to meet PA science, technology and environment and ecology standards to preK- 8th grade students, both through visits to the nature center and through outreach visits to schools.  The instructional setting is primarily outdoors and program delivery occurs at Asbury Woods and sometimes in traditional classrooms.  Approximately 75% of this position will be focused on the delivery and planning of educational programs for school-based audiences.  This position also delivers a selection of community programs, assists with educational festivals, and delivers a portion of the summer programming at Asbury Woods.  Approximately 25% of the position focuses on non-school, informal program delivery.  As part of the Education team this position assists with daily care of exhibit animals.  This is a full-time, year-round position.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director, at jfarrar@asburywoods.org by May 14.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Teaching and program delivery in outdoor conditions and in traditional and non-traditional classrooms.
  2. Plan, implement and deliver curriculum-based programs to school groups.
  3. Handling animals as part of the instruction and assisting with their care during the week.
  4. Assisting with daily preparation for student activities, including classroom set up and clean up.
  5. Maintaining classroom supplies, equipment and instructional resources.
  6. Planning for student safety during outdoor activities and maintaining student safety while at Asbury Woods.
  7. Assisting with the implementation of updated lesson plans and integrating new instructional strategies as they are developed and added to the curriculum.
  8. Delivery of summer programming, based on organizational needs and the selected candidate’s skill-set. Summer programming may include: preK Camp, middle school camp, art camp, nature camp, and/or extended care.
  9. Delivery of informal education and recreation community programs for toddlers through adult audiences
  10. Assist with organization-wide festivals and events.

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor degree in education, wildlife science, biology, natural sciences, environmental science or closely related field.
  2. 2-3 years experience developing, coordinating and presenting education programs, which an emphasis on preK – 8th
  3. Interest in the natural sciences, especially native plant and animal species.
  4. Knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching strategies, lesson planning and classroom management strategies.
  5. Ability to lead programs for and interact with people of all ages.
  6. Ability and willingness to handle a variety of animals includes snakes and other reptiles, amphibians and insects.
  7. Excellent presentation, customer service and public relations skills.
  8. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  9. Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet.
  10. Must possess or be willing to obtain current clearances required by PA law and an FBI background check for a position that requires direct contact with children.
  11. A teaching certification is not required for this position, but pre-K through 8th grade certification(s) in related fields is a plus.
  12. Interest in teaching elementary, middle school and/or early childhood populations.
  13. A valid driver’s license is required.

Working conditions

 This position has several special working conditions which include working outdoors in varied weather and working professionally with all members of the public, which includes people with disabilities.  Security and background investigations required prior to start of employment.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT STATEMENT:

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job functions of the Environmental Educator position (listed within Position Specifications) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis. 

Position Specifications

 Physical demands

  1. Frequent walking throughout various buildings and trails, frequently on uneven surfaces.
  2. Able to perform work-related tasks in various indoor and outdoor environments, year-round, in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions.
  3. Frequent and repetitive use of a computer, including email and other input and retrieval.
  4. Standing for extended periods of time.
  5. Heavy lifting from 15-50 pounds
  6. Some carrying up to 50 pounds
  7. Manual dexterity to use hand tools and office equipment.

Temperament

  1. Ability to work as a member of a team
  2. Must be courteous to public and co-workers
  3. Must be cooperative, congenial, service oriented, and promote these qualities at Asbury Woods
  4. Demonstrates inclusive teaching practices and advocates for inclusiveness in environmental education
  5. Must be able to respond to directions and accept constructive feedback
  6. Ability to work in an environment with frequent interruptions
  7. Must be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Cognitive Ability

  1. Ability to follow verbal and written directions
  2. Ability to read and respond to written correspondence
  3. Ability to listen to others on the telephone and in person
  4. Ability to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision
  5. Ability to read, write, and do complex computations
  6. Ability to use correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling
  7. Ability to compose clear, concise sentences and paragraphs
  8. Ability to work independently and make work-related decisions
  9. Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks and problem solving
  10. Ability to communicate effectively to the public

Sensory ability

  1. Visual acuity to read correspondence and computer screen
  2. Auditory acuity to be able to use a telephone
  3. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly

About Asbury Woods

The mission of Asbury Woods is to inspire a greater connection to the natural world by protecting, managing, and interpreting our property; providing outdoor recreational opportunities; and offering environmental education experiences.

Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages.  In addition, Asbury Woods manages and maintains 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.

The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, and free public access.  The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs.  The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center.  The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek.  Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts thousands of people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate in education and community outreach programs.

 Review Date: April 12, 2021